The inception of the Cochin carnival can be traced back to the Portuguese New Year revelry, held here during the colonial days.
Gradually, it has evolved to take the form of what is today popularly called the Cochin Carnival, a merry making festival during the last week of every year at Fort Kochi in Kerala with a grand procession of caparisoned elephants, tableau, games and partying. Fort Kochi is decked up like a bride and tourists from within the country and abroad flock to this scenic port city to participate in the revelry.
The highlight of the carnival is the massive procession on the New Year''s Day. Led by an embellished elephant and accompanied by drums and music, the carnival is a moment to behold and stays with you....well....until the next year! There is also staging of different South and North Indian folk dances during the festivity. Preparations begin months in advance for hosting the carnival games, fairs and partying. Dressed up in fancy costumes, everyone including the children are seen bursting with enthusiasm and unbridled energy.
Amongst the music and dance performances, The Fancy dress competition is one thing everyone at Kochi look forward to. People done the attire of their favorite mythological and modern days characters and walk the longest ramp of two km from ground to Fort Kochi. Most the participants are male only. While some stick to poised, elegant styles of various gods, goddesses and semi-gods, Other like to have fun and done a chick look and dance on heavy beats. this essay however features only 12 traditional faces including few depicting Kerala's dance art forms.